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this is a special one-hour edition of "world news." tonight, the final sprint, the final day of the presidential campaign. the race across the swing states, the pounding pavement, hours to go. >> we'll win this election. >> taking back america. >> and we have a new abc news poll. who is ahead tonight? aftershocks, thousands in the storm zone trying to stay warm and no power, no heat. even the marines are flying in to help as a blustery new storm is barreling toward the already battered community. and how will the damage from the superstorm and threat of a new storm change this election? tonight, as americans get ready to vote, our abc news political team out in force here and across the battleground states as "world news" begins tonight.
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and good evening from our election headquarters in times square, the crossroads of the world, and take a look because this map will be lighting up soon with the results of "your voice, your vote" as it comes in. the voting begins just hours from now. in this room our powerhouse abc news political team will be at their posts for a night of drama and surprises as america gets ready to elect a president. and right now we have a brand-new abc news/"washington post" poll, which shows a late game surge for president obama polling ahead by three points. will it put him over the top, or does governor romney have another move? let's begin with white house correspondent jake tapper leading us off from iowa. he's there traveling with the president. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane.
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president obama accompanied by his top aides and bruce springsteen hopscotched across battleground states today. the key ones that his campaign feels will deliver him a re-election. they are wisconsin, iowa and ohio where the president's national political career all began. slightly ahead in our abc news/"washington post" national tracking poll, president obama is ending his very last day of campaigning having enlisted the help of celebrity musician friends. >> that's not a bad way to bring it home, with the boss. >> reporter: the day began with springsteen's obama 2012 campaign song. ♪ let's vote for the man who got osama forward away we go ♪ >> reporter: even though that was interrupted by spring teen project i projecting acknowledgement of liberal and progressive anxiety.
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>> the first debate really freaked me out. all right. ♪ but then romney got schooled twice by obama then smiling joe biden brought the drama ♪ >> reporter: the president's pitch, that he is the same idealist he ran as four years ago. >> you've seen the scars on me to prove it. you've seen the gray hair on my head to show you what it means to fight for change. >> reporter: here's what the president looked like four years ago. like presidents before him, the gravity and intensity taking its toll, jamming to stevie wonder or to jay-z this afternoon. the hip-hop star replaced a curse word in one of his songs with the name of the president's opponent. ♪ i got 99 problems but mitt ain't one ♪ ♪ >> reporter: his throat is rough from hours of nonstop campaign speeches, and the tea he drinks on air force one not much of a balm. for those hoping for a respite of the campaign by watching monday night football,
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eagles/saints, i have to warn them that both president obama and mitt romney taped spots with espn's chris berman. so, be forewarned. >> even there, thanks so much, jake. but it's hard to imagine the adrenaline it takes for these two men to keep up this whirlwind pace. take a look. in the past three days, president obama has stopped to rally the crowds in 11 cities across 7 states. governor romney racing to cram in 13 states in 7 states there -- 13 cities in those 7 states, so let's go to abc's david muir who has been racing across the country with him in the state that could decide it. ohio. david? >> reporter: no big surprise there, diane, where you find us tonight, right here in columbus, ohio. take a look here to give you an idea where we are inside a hangar at the airport packed with thousands of romney fans on the eve of the election. as we traveled across ohio today voters know how high the stakes are here in the buckeye state.
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on the eve of election, a rare quiet moment between mitt romney and his longest running mate, his wife. captured by mitt's body man, as they call him, on the campaign before they greeted a crowd of thousands in virginia. >> are we going to be neighbors soon? [ cheers ] >> reporter: then the crowd with its own election eve countdown. the frenetic push to the finish. romney starting in florida then virginia, tonight here in ohio. but in these final days, romney and both his running mates making it clear the states they need tomorrow. >> the battleground of the battlegrounds. >> is ohio going to do it for us? >> all: yes. >> your state is the one i'm counting on. >> reporter: this image of romney on the campaign plane today, a senior adviser telling us he wouldn't call romney nostalgic but instead describing him as eager, not nervous, eager. ann romney in these final days walking to the back of the plane acknowledging it has been quite a journey. >> it's been long. >> reporter: mrs. romney is her husband's most powerful weapon on the trail, getting choked up by the size of the crowds in colorado. >> that was quite a welcome.
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that is amazing to walk in and have this kind of emotion come to us. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: in florida today, the story of a supporter who had saved pins from george romney's run for president, mitt romney's father, the one-time governor of michigan. now his son on the eve of his own shot at the presidency with one final message. >> tomorrow we begin a new tomorrow. >> reporter: a new tomorrow and then governor romney going on to say what he's been saying in these last few days to the crowd, talk to your poll workers, your family members, even the neighbors across the street that might have an obama sign, he said try to convince them to come over to our side with just a few hours left to the election. >> who knows how many votes will end up deciding the race. i want to bring in co-anchor of "good morning america," anchor of "this week" and my co-anchor tomorrow night. george, you are here. our latest poll shows three points ahead for the president. >> what a difference ten days makes, diane. look at our poll ten days ago coming out of the final debate,
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mitt romney was the one up three points coming out then. over the course of the last ten days president obama has steadily closed the gap. they were tied for much of that but as you say he is three points ahead and closed the began on handling the economy. i think that's what's most important here. threes been a steady stream of encouraging economic news, good jobs numbers, consumer confidence, housing market coming off the bottom, stock market is up, add that all up, people are feeling better about how president obama's handling the economy basically tied with mitt romney. >> and, of course, the handling of the storm has also been part of this but the battleground states, what are we seeing right now? >> what we're seeing now is the president is either tied or ahead of all the key battleground states and hurricane sandy had to have helped there as well. the president's job approval is up to 51% and for most of the hurricane, people saw the president doing his job. they basically liked what they saw, so as i said you look at those battleground states there, the president tied or ahead in all the battleground states right now. >> well, we will be springing into action tomorrow as the
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voting begins and, george, i will see you very soon. >> you will. >> of course on "good morning america," as well. you know, i know, how many people have turned out to vote early. take a look at this, americans lining up to vote early. a mom with an infant in a car seat. her young son taking it all in bowling green, ohio, and other americans ready to spend hours in georgia, arkansas, illinois and across this country and unprecedented number of americans voting early so what do these early results show? abc's jonathan karl on that. >> reporter: you think election day is tomorrow? think again. we have already been seeing long lines at voting places for weeks. 46 million americans are expected to vote before polls open tomorrow, more than one out of every three voters, the most early voting ever. this family waited for eight hours to vote in miami. >> you know, this is how we express our voice and this is what makes america the greatest country in the world. >> reporter: with so many states
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offering early voting, it's no longer election day. it's election month. in the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, obama had a narrow three-point lead among those who voted early. that's a much smaller lead than four years ago when he beat mccain among early voters by 18 points. local officials at this polling place in miami were so overwhelmed by long lines, they temporarily locked the doors triggering chaos outside. >> let us vote. let us vote. >> reporter: doors re-opened after about an hour, and in some counties, democrats successfully sued to extend early voting hours, and well over half of all expected voters in florida have already voted. two of the states we'll look at closest in terms of the early vote, diane, are florida, which we just talked about, and nevada. both of these states well over half of voters have already voted and we can even tell you a little about how they have voted or at least who has voted. in both of these states democrats have outnumbered
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republicans in the early vote, diane, and that is what put obama over the top last time around. but i've got to tell you also that the democrats have a smaller advantage, a significantly smaller advantage than they had four years ago pointing to a much closer night tomorrow. >> close night, thank you, jon. we'll have more on this close election in a moment. but we want to tell you now what happened today in that other big story we have been following, hurricane sandy and the aftermath. tonight, tens of thousands of families still facing the dark and the freezing cold and this picture says so much. pray hard. all day our abc family has been teaming up for a special day of giving for the families who need it more than ever as they brace now for another storm coming in. it is the new worry, a wet and windy nor'easter gathering strength over the gulf right now and expected to march up the coast, and abc's linsey davis has that.
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>> reporter: new york city kids went back to school today. most big apple subways up and running. and those gas lines, still long, but getting shorter, as the new supply makes its way to the battered storm zone. but in the hard-hit rockaways neighborhood, jane marino is at her breaking point. >> give us the services that everybody needs out here. we're desperate. >> reporter: after the storm, jane stayed behind with her elderly parents -- the ambulance for her mother couldn't make it through the sand-clogged streets. >> i've resorted to putting on the gas jets on the stove. >> reporter: they are among the 1.4 million people still without power in the wake of hurricane sandy -- 115,000 of them right here in new york city. with temperatures expected to dip below freezing tonight, hypothermia is a real threat especially for the elderly and young children. sandy's death toll is at 106 people. 40 in new york city alone. and the cold brings fresh fear. >> this evening nypd patrol officers will use loudspeakers
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to urge people to go where they can be warm. >> reporter: most shelters still have beds available but some rockaway residents like katie richardson, who i first met last week, aren't interested. >> it's our home. it's our home. would you leave your place and you don't know if they're going to loot? >> reporter: the city estimates about 10,000 people in battered buildings and homes will need emergency temporary housing, but for the marinos in the rockaways, the concern is more immediate. they can hardly sleep, terrified about the nor'easter in the forecast for wednesday. >> i just pray that everything will be all right. what else can we do? >> reporter: residents here say roughly half of the people on the block are still staying here. some with generators but many enduring the cold, dark nights without power. one big concern about the nor'easter and there are many, is the wind and what it will do to these huge mounds of sand. all this sand here makes the roads virtually impassable. diane? >> all right, linsey davis
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reporting and as we said, the entire abc family is teaming up for a day of giving to help the victims of hurricane sandy. we will keep it up through the night and the phones have been ringing off the hook so far. all of you have donated more than $12 million. and it's not too late to do so. you can call in right now. 1-800-help-now or go to our special website at and still ahead on "world news," an election day mystery threatening billboards, strange letters. voters who say they're being targeted. why the fbi is investigating tonight and that's next. in america today we're running out of a vital resource we need to compete on the global stage. what we need are people prepared for the careers of our new economy. by 2025 we could have 20 million jobs without enough college graduates to fill them.
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dozens of mostly republicans in 28 counties in florida who got this letter in the mail questioning whether they were citizens. sharon calvert got one too. >> it says that there's a question on your eligibility to vote. and if you don't provide certain information and documentation within 15 days you'll be thrown off the rolls. >> reporter: the letter, which claimed to be from county election officials, warned that voter fraud is a felony. the fbi has launched a voter intimidation investigation into a political dirty trick. >> take it down now. >> reporter: in ohio and wisconsin billboards like these started popping up mainly in minority communities, warning voter fraud is a felony. >> this billboard is nothing but a symbol of pure, unadulterated voter suppression to target an african-american community. >> reporter: after the controversy exploded, the billboards came down but tension remains. but as the election approaches the most likely legal battles will involve access to the polls. >> let people vote. >> reporter: on sunday this
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obama. it all started here when stephanie decided to put up her barack obama signs supporting the president. well, her neighbor then countered, putting up signs of their own, supporting romney/ryan starting a bit of a sign war here in this neighborhood, and yet, remarkably all the neighbors here remain friendly. >> we all have the same common values, we want a safe country, we want to work. >> reporter: but they don't see eye to eye on how to get there. >> we need to be able to disagree about positions and vote for whomever we want to and not take it personally. >> but that's why i really get mad with obama. he didn't cross the aisle. >> reporter: in this era of political incivility, the neighbors of wrightson drive have some advice for washington. what can politicians learn from what you all have been able to achieve? >> i think they need to see the humanity in the other and focus on that instead of politics. >> reporter: should they start baking cookies for each other? >> i evangelize with cookies. >> reporter: food for thought. amy robach, abc news, mclean, virginia.
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as the clock ticks down on this election day, we hear so many predictions about who will win. some of them from polls, but others from some pretty strange things with remarkably accurate success rates. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: when the washington redskins win the last big game before a presidential election it's usually good news for the incumbent. well, the redskins lost. ergo, romney will win tomorrow. not so fast, sports fans! more often than not, when the national league team wins the world series, the democrats win, too. the giants swept. ergo, obama wins. the quirky indicators are all over the map. for instance, the taller of the two candidates tends to win. obama, at 6'1", is an inch shorter than romney. ever since michael dukakis,
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people have also noticed something called the eyebrow index -- the guy with the neatest brows tends to win. in this case, obama. at abc, we have "your voice, your vote." here at 7-eleven, there's "your coffee, your decision." red for romney or blue for obama. here in denver and across the country apparently obama is comfortably ahead. according to one new study voters can correctly predict the winner 81% of the time even if they strongly support the other guy. which chia candidate is more popular? which candidate's cookies more appetizing? doesn't matter. chances are you probably already know who will win. david wright, abc news, denver. >> thanks for watching. for some of you we'll say good night. though, for others, stay with us for more of our one-hour broadcast, election 2012, our powerhouse team standing by to tell you surprising x factors they think could decide this race. it's coming up right after a
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short break. for those of you leaving us, good night. tonight a missing cross found along a roadway, hundreds of miles from where it belonged because of a tip to abc 7 news. >> the fiery assault on a san francisco muni bus. a world series reveler now facing charges and tab the city is now facing. >> one last campaign swing for supporters of prop 30 making a final appeal to raise taxes
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and rescue schools. >> michael finney taking a trip to paris tonight explaining how you can, too. >> just moments ago, the national park service verified this cross stood over mojave desert in southern california missing two years now. the subject of a battle. we found it today on the peninsula. good evening. >> we sent a camera to the scene after getting a tip and found that missing cross on skyline boulevard in san mateo county. david louie is there and joins us live to pick up the story. david? >> what a story it is. this cross is famous and it's been the subject of a lawsuit over 10 years that went to the u.s. supreme court over the separation of church and state. nobody knows how long
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